Adventures in Decorating a 12 Ft Christmas Tree

New house, new high 18 foot 12 ft Christmas tree! My first Christmas I was married I was so excited to get my own Christmas tree and make my home super festive.  I have always been crazy about Christmas decorations inside the home because I think it makes a HUGE difference in the feel.  I love the magic feeling of twinkling lights... Anyway, I bought a fake 7 foot tree that was one of those ones you had to put each … [Read more...]

25 Fabulous & Easy DIY Ornaments

We got a new tree this year. I should clarify for all of you who purchase real trees and get new trees every year--we got a new artificial tree this year. My husband is allergic to the real ones, plus I admit I like the convenience of the pre-lit trees and how easy they are to set up. Our new tree, though, is 12 feet tall--a far cry above our old 7 footer. That means a LOT more ornaments! I will post about my full experience in decorating … [Read more...]

13 Stunning Christmas Porch Decor Ideas

One of the things I was most excited for with my new house was my large front porch! I was really looking forward to decking it out with holiday decor for both fall and Christmas.  And guess what?  I learned that in my particular area and the direction that my house faces are not so conducive to an awesome front porch display.  Wah-wah-wahhhh!  In the fall, since my house is north facing, all the mums I bought that were gorgeous quickly died from … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blossom Turkeys

I love the result of baking but not so much the actual baking task.  I find that I would rather spend hours nailing wood to a wall and painting it than mixing together a few ingredients to make a tasty treat.  That seems strange, right?  Well this week I have done both--baked two different kinds of cookies so far AND nailed some wood to a wall and spent hours painting it.  I feel so accomplished.  And what makes it even more heroic is that I did … [Read more...]

20 Of The Best Holiday Wreaths

Even I weren't a blogger, I'd still be early with the holiday decor. Why? Well for one, I love the Christmas season. And I've never been huge on Thanksgiving decorations, although I keep some of my 'fallish' ones up until after. And for two, Christmas decorating is a big job and I don't want to have to cram all that work into one day. I start at the beginning of November and just slowly work on it all month. Then by the time Thanksgiving is over, … [Read more...]